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Rio campaigns in Wokha on a positive note

DAN consensus candidate CM Chang (2nd from right) along with Chief Minister N Rio and other DAN leaders at the rally, Wokha. (NP)
Correspondent WOKHA, April 1:
Published on 2 Apr. 2009 12:01 AM IST
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Singing hope of sure success and offering development for peace, the election campaign trail for DAN consensus candidate for the parliamentary election C M Chang touched Wokha Wednesday with a rally held at town hall. “We will win, no doubt” state chief minister Neiphiu Rio asserted but at the same time said that winning was not the only thing but the winning margin should be big. He also agreed to the proposition made by state power minister Doshehe Y Sema earlier that there has to be competition among the districts in producing the highest percentage of votes for the DAN consensus candidate C.M.Chang and increase the margin of win to the maximum. The DAN consensus candidate Wangyuh Konyak had won the last parliamentary election by a margin of more than 4 lakh votes, he reminded. Taking on the opposition Congress, Rio claimed that the Congress party in the state is “finish” and all the former MLAs and leaders leaving the Congress as there is no future. When all the leaders are leaving what for the voters will stay, he ridiculed. On the other hand, Rio alleged that Congress was leading misinformation campaign that NPF candidate even if won will sit in the parliament as an unattached member and will not get chance to speak in the parliament. In this regard, he clarified that there are altogether 36 political parties recognized in the parliament which includes NPF in serial number 33 of the recognized political parties and that NPF MP can speak in the parliament any time. While assuring that the state government and its machinery was all prepared for a smooth and peaceful conduct of election, Rio sought the cooperation from all the civil organization, Church, student bodies and the citizen to extend their cooperation so that the state can on record conduct one of the most peaceful elections in the entire country. DAN consensus candidate C M Chang in his addressed assured that once given chance, he would speak for the Nagas and be the spokesman of the Nagas in the highest policy making institution of the country. He also revealed that everywhere he goes during the campaigns people remarks that once elected as MP, he should not be like the outgoing MP Wangyuh Konyak. In this regard, he assured that Wangyuh will never be C M Chang or C M Chang can never be Wangyuh. Several other speakers including power minister Doshihe Y Sema, parliamentary secretary in-charge of geology and mining Y.Patton, co-Convenor of DAN and chairman PAC Dr.T.M Lotha and NCP Wokha Division president Tsenthungo Ezung spoke on the occasion. With all the four legislators from Wokha district being part of the DAN coalition, all the speakers unanimously viewed that the district should produced one of the best result for the DAN consensus candidate. Meanwhile, the UNDSP party through a written message declared its decision to support the DAN consensus candidate C M Chang which was read out in the rally. State parliamentary secretary, Er.W.Kithan delivered welcome speech while state minister for agriculture Dr.Chumben Murry proposed the vote of thanks.

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